Hello, i have a basenji pup, Pongo, who is 7 months old now. i have had him since a puppy. i have posted a thread a long time ago about aggression towards me and my husband when we would pick him up and found everyones answers helpful so i need to post a new one. i searched through pages and pages of threads already and cannot find one that is like my situation so i need help!
Ever since my last posting when Pongo would get mean when i would pick him up, i have sinced resolved the matter and have not had any such problems ever since. in fact, he has been such a good boy! he WAS the perfect dog. However, about 2 weeks ago things all of a sudden changed for which i do not know why.
My problem is is that Pongo has suddenly become aggressive with strangers and people he knows. sometimes, really really agressive! luckily he hasnt drawn blood yet but he had come close. its a weird situation but ill do my best to explain it.
One of the first times i saw it happen was when my husband and i were driving home from somewhere and we had my sister in the back seat with the dog. every time he would look at her, he would grown, and once when she touched him, he did the "im about to bit you snarl" and snapped at her. she pulled away so she didnt get bitten but the whole rest of the way home he had to sit with me in the front. its not like he has never been in the car with people before. there have been a few diff situations where he had to share the back seat and he was fine.
then like a few days later 6 or 7 freinds came over for a movie.we all sat on couches, including the dog with one of the guests. one guest went to the bathroom then when he came back he just walked by pongo and pongo jumped at him at snapped. ever since then pongo snaps at this person every time he sees him. everyone else he was fine with. there is also one other person that pongo started to snap at every time he sees him. he gives him a warniong growl for like 1 second and the snaps. this person cannot be near Pongo or he will freak!
I thought, well maybe pongo just doesnt like those two people, but then yeasrterday, we went to the beach and people wanted to come and pet him. he has always done fine with random people just comming up to pet him, but all of a sudden he is cautous, and will even snap/ attack some of them.
his warning growl is sometimes only like half a second long and doest give anyone any time to ever realize what is going on when he attacks. sometimes his fur will go up which is a sign that he is about to snap but other times you dont even see it coming.
I dont understand what is going on. ever since he has been a puppy has has been very well socialized. we always have people over and around him, petting him and everything and he has always been so good. no problems. any advice? im so confused.